NEX 6 lens choice - 18-55, 18-105, 16-70 ... or new system?

Started Mar 31, 2014 | Discussions thread
parallaxproblem Veteran Member • Posts: 5,335
Re: NEX 6 lens choice - 18-55, 18-105, 16-70 ... or new system?

RonFrank wrote:

2. Wait and hope Sony or someone else makes a 16-70mm in the $500 range.

Unlikely to happen

1. Sony are focusing on FE (full frame) lens releases now so don't expect much new from them in the APS-C lens range soon, if ever...

2. Sony are open on the E-mount specification, but not on the high-speed AF protocols which they use, particularly for the new hybrid AF systems. This means that any third-party 'standard zoom' is unlikely to offer the AF performance of the Sony item and so will probably not be very interesting for third parties to develop. Samyang E-mount lenses are all MF, Sigma 'art' are rather 'niche' primes which we know will not focus so fast (but don't care because of price), Zeiss Touits seem to now be included in the 'fast-AF' family but their cost makes them even less accessible than the 'Sony-flavour' Zeiss lenses

This is a real issue for the A6000 as fast AF demands a Sony lens, and according to Photozone neither the 18-55 nor the 16-50 perform terrribly well at 24MP (though my 18-55 does reasonably well at 16MP) which means A6000 owners are effectively forced into buying the $1000 Zeiss 16-70 if they want to take proper benefit from the fast AF and 24MP resolution!

The only thing we can realistically hope for is a price cut in the 16-70.... and that isn't very realistic

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